Turgenev Talk

Podcasts from Middlebury College students on the life, works, and criticism of I.S. Turgenev

Turgenev’s Biography

Podcasts on the Life of Turgenev

A man who followed a sole love interest for nearly his entire life. A writer who lived outside of the nation about which he so perceptibly wrote. A thinker whose ideas about personal and political life required literature to express. Who was Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev? Listen to these podcasts to find out.

Feb. 16, 2009 – Part I: Overview – Sophie  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

This podcast takes the listener through the main events in Turgenev’s life from his birth in 1818 to his death in 1883 – in six minutes.

Feb. 17, 2009 – Part II: Early Life – Sophie  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

This podcast takes the listener through Turgenev’s experience of childhood and early life.

Feb. 18, 2009 – Part III: His Women, His Loves, And His Affairs – Sophie  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

An exploration of Turgenev’s liasons with serf girls, affairs with society women, and his lifelong relationship with the Spanish opera singer Pauline Viardot. Sophie discusses his perception of women and how that is reconciled with his portrayal of women in his works.

Feb. 19, 2009 – Part IV: The ‘Gentle Barbarian’ – Sophie  – listen on iTunes | download .m4a

Was Turgenev, the “Gentle Barbarian,” truly “Russian” or more Western? This podcast examines this question and the two groups of intellectuals present at the time in Russia: the Slavophiles and the Westerners.

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